One of the biggest things that truckers in the industry have to get used to is lots of highway traveling. As tricky and stressful as getting on an exit can be in a regular car, the pressure is much higher for a semi-truck. With these tips, we hope to put you more at ease when exiting the highway.Read the rest of this entry »
It’s a true worst-case scenario for a trucker to have their cargo robbed, which is costly and ruins a job. Whether or not that has happened to you, the good news is that theft is very preventable. Here are some things you should know about cargo theft, and how to prevent your freight from getting robbed.Read the rest of this entry »
One of the things about a career in trucking that most appeals to people is the feeling of being your own boss without having to work with a manager sitting over your shoulder. This freedom of trucking life also takes much responsibility, and over time it can become a significant drawback to the career. Most people aren’t used to having a completely free schedule, even if trucking has been their only career because of the way we structure schooling. You’ve spent most of your life adhering to a schedule set by someone else – your parents, your school, and your non-trucking jobs. Adjusting can require a lot more work than you might expect, but once you learn to do it and embrace the solo life, it can be enjoyable.
Dealing with a fire is something everyone wants to avoid — particularly truck drivers. When you’re towing a load of potentially flammable, expensive, and even hazardous material, the last thing you want is an easily avoidable fire. Some of the most common ways that truck fires start come from preventable human error. Keeping your equipment in good condition, not smoking, and following maintenance routines will help keep you on a safer track.
Whether or not you are new to trucking, you already know that there is a clear difference between cars and large commercial vehicles. In particular, semi-trucks run on diesel engines, which have their differences and similarities to a standard car engine. There has been a lot of misinformation about how to treat a diesel engine, and this post will help to clear up the three biggest misunderstandings.
There is a lot of important information to learn when someone is just starting out, especially when it comes to safely handling a freight truck. And one thing that all new truck drivers should know how to do correctly is set up their truck for a dock. Whether you are a trucking veteran or a first-timer, here are the basic steps to setting your truck up for a dock.
For many truckers, the best and worst part of the job is the long hours of solitude on the road. It can be a real challenge to stay focused, especially as you get more tired from being behind the wheel for hour after hour. But here are three ways that you can cope with the long haul.
One of the most common causes of accidents on the road for both truckers and car drivers is still distracted driving. Even though there is a lot of awareness about the dangers of texting while driving, you will still find people behind the wheel using their phones. It’s understandable how tempting it is to check your phone for just a second, or you might have something else going on that takes your attention from the road. Here are some ways to keep yourself from falling into the trap of distracted driving.
Although there are many different varieties of vehicles for transporting freight on the road, there are specific types of trucks that are better for certain jobs. If you want to hone your expertise in one area, then it’s good to know how different freight trucks work and which would be the best fit for you. Here are four of the main types of freight trucks you will come across.
Many people gravitate to trucking as a career because it offers the opportunity to travel to new places and “be your own boss.” While it’s true that trucking gives you lots of independence and you don’t have a supervisor over your shoulder, you need to remember that you’re really not a one-person-band. There is a whole fleet of people involved in the process, from the mechanics who keep the trucks running to the office personnel who assign the jobs. Remembering this will help you have a successful career when you’re driving for a company.